Sunday, June 28, 2009

Suggested Sunday reading (June 28)

Today marks the 40th anniversary of the Stonewall riots, an important landmark in the history of the struggle for equal rights for LGBT community. If you don't know about this event, take a minute to read about it:

In another anniversary, Title IX was passed 37 years ago. (I love how colleges often "solve" athletic inequality by just cutting men's teams, instead of adding women's teams.) As the article suggests, Title IX, passed in 1972, is still the subject of numerous lawsuits. Do a Google News search for it; multiple cases are going on now. The White House also marked the occasion; check out this note from the event:
U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan said in the 37 years since Title IX was passed, female participation in college athletics is up from 15% to 43%, and the number of female high school athletes has grown from 300,000 to nearly three million.

Speaking of the White House, Lynn Rosenthal was recently appointed as the White House advisor on Violence Against Women. A good move, and from what I've read she's an excellent choice for the job. Here's the press release from the White House.

The NYT has something of a fluff piece about relationships between straight men and gay men, but it's worth reading. The point (I think) is that it is becoming more "acceptable" for straight men to have gay friends, especially among the younger generations. Two rather interesting bits in the article:
Adam Carter, 34, a straight fund-raiser from Chicago who frequently travels overseas, recalled losing a friend in Brazil after rejecting his advances. "We were driving to a party and he put his hand on my thigh," Mr. Carter said. "I didn't make a big deal out of it. I just told him it wasn't my thing. But things were never the same." He added: "Now I look back on all the things we did together and wonder, was it all just to get me in the sack? Now I know what girls feel like."
And a professor's study of straight-gay male friendships revealed:
... only 13 of the (46) pairs could truly be called close friends, often because the straight man was willing to delve only so far into the gay friend's personal life. In a surprising twist, she found that the straight men with the most evolved sense of masculinity - the ones who forged the tightest friendships with their gay friends - were from military families or had some military training.
Possibly additional support for overturning DADT? I think so.

At this point there might be an infinite amount of reading material regarding Michael Jackson's death. One of the best things I've come across is this piece by Joe Posnanski, which does a great job explaining how one the importance of music is related to time and to youth. Seriously, go read it.

Visual note: Old comic book covers can be questionable at times (have you ever looked at these Superman covers?), but let's all take a moment and appreciate this one (courtesy):

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